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Douglass A. Lobo

Miami, Florida United States | Member Since 2003

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  • 14 reviews
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  • The Religion: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Tim Willocks
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (230)
    Performance
    (90)
    Story
    (92)

    May 1565. Suleiman the Magnificent, emperor of the Ottomans, has declared a jihad against the Knights of Saint John the Baptist. The largest armada of all time approaches the Knights' Christian stronghold on the island of Malta. The Turks know the Knights as the "The Hounds of Hell." The Knights call themselves "The Religion".

    Bonnie says: "This captured me"
    "Great Book"
    Overall

    I loved this book from start to finish. Great characters and character development. I can't wait for the sequel. If you like this book you might also like George Martin's a book of fire and ice.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Cider House Rules

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By John Irving
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1012)
    Performance
    (658)
    Story
    (658)

    From one of America's most beloved and respected writers comes the classic story of Homer Wells, an orphan, and Wilbur Larch, a doctor without children of his own, who develop an extraordinary bond with one another.

    Patti says: "Wonderful"
    "Really interesting story"
    Overall
    Performance

    This book is not what I expected....it was better. A beautifully woven tale with two disparate, yer intertwined topics. I loved the deadpan nature of the dialogue. Not your typical John Irving novel, but then again what is....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Insomnia

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Eli Wallach
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1331)
    Performance
    (961)
    Story
    (967)

    Ralph Roberts has an incurable case of insomnia, but lack of sleep is the least of his worries. Each night he stays awake, Ralph witnesses more of the odd activity taking place in Derry after dark than he wants to know. The nice young chemist up the street beats his wife and has delusions about beings he calls "The Centurions".

    KB says: "King lover very disappointed - NO Spoilers"
    "Okay, but not his best"
    Overall

    This book is early King, but it does set the possibility for his later books, specifically The Gunslinger. The narration by Eli Wallach is good. I would recommend this book only for the die hard King fans

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thinner

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Joe Mantegna
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (324)
    Performance
    (192)
    Story
    (196)

    Six weeks after an old Gypsy man curses Billy Halleck for sideswiping his daughter, he's 93 pounds lighter. Now Billy is terrified. And desperate enough for one last gamble...that will lead him to a nightmare showdown with the forces of evil melting his flesh away.

    Dave says: "A tale fit for the literary gourmand"
    "Quick read"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    An earlier King work, not his best, but still good.
    If your a King fan, you will enjoy it. Okay.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • We the Living

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Mary Woods
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (480)
    Performance
    (260)
    Story
    (269)

    We the Living portrays the impact of the Russian Revolution on three people who demand the right to live their own lives. At its center is a girl whose passionate love is her fortress against the cruelty and oppression of a totalitarian state. Rand said of this book: "It is as near to an autobiography as I will ever write."

    Geoffrey says: "Emotionally intense, historically authentic"
    "Not as good as her other books"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Somewhat plodding and methodical, much like the post-Czarist Russia.The characters are wooden and two dimensional. It is nowhere near as good as Atlas Shrugged or Fountainhead

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Stand

    • UNABRIDGED (47 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8431)
    Performance
    (7481)
    Story
    (7540)

    This is the way the world ends: with a nanosecond of computer error in a Defense Department laboratory and a million casual contacts that form the links in a chain letter of death. And here is the bleak new world of the day after: a world stripped of its institutions and emptied of 99 percent of its people. A world in which a handful of panicky survivors choose sides - or are chosen.

    Keith says: "Worth the wait!"
    "Great book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    A great story that was made even better by the narrator. Great character development and was a highly entertaining novel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • All the Pretty Horses: The Border Trilogy, Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Cormac McCarthy
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    Overall
    (56)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (53)

    Sixteen-year-old John Grady Cole's grandfather has just died, his parents have permanently separated, and the family ranch, upon which he had placed so many boyish hopes, has been sold. Rootless and increasingly restive, Cole leaves Texas, accompanied by his friend Lacey Rawlins, and begins a journey across the vaquero frontier into the badlands of northern Mexico.

    Douglass A. Lobo says: "McCarthy is just a great writer"
    "McCarthy is just a great writer"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Another stark, gut wrenching window into the depths of a soul by McCarthy. He is such a powerful writer and captures the horror and beauty of humanity, and "all the Pretty Horses" just does that. The book will leave you raw and disquieted and wondering what does anything mean.....powerful writing!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24047)
    Performance
    (22092)
    Story
    (22100)

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

    Michael G. Kurilla says: "Macgyver on Mars"
    "A surprisingly good read"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about The Martian?

    You think that one man alone on mars would be boring, but it really was very interesting and entertaining.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It really got inside the head of the character and you felt like you were right there with him struggling to survive.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There were numerous times when he had to use his critical thinking skills to stay alive.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    That would be tough to do, but I enjoyed it a great deal.


    Any additional comments?

    Read it, you will enjoy it, and it really is an uplifting story. I think it would make an excellent movie too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Luminaries

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Eleanor Catton
    • Narrated By Mark Meadows
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1225)
    Performance
    (1060)
    Story
    (1079)

    It is 1866 and Walter Moody has come to make his fortune upon the New Zealand goldfields. On arrival, he stumbles across a tense gathering of 12 local men, who have met in secret to discuss a series of unsolved crimes. A wealthy man has vanished, a whore has tried to end her life, and an enormous fortune has been discovered in the home of a luckless drunk. Moody is soon drawn into the mystery: a network of fates and fortunes that is as complex and exquisitely patterned as the night sky.

    Mel says: "Not So Luminous"
    "Tough plot to follow"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about The Luminaries?

    It was an extremely tough story to follow. The plot line was all over the place. It was a good read, just really tough to follow.


    Has The Luminaries turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, not at all, one has to have reading stamina.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Mark Meadows?

    The narration was fine, the plot and story line meandered a great deal.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I was glad to finish it because at times while it was good, it was also at times a chore.


    Any additional comments?

    Not for everyone, but you need to be able to focus because the plot is very intricate and at the same time loose

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Chris Kyle, Scott McEwan, Jim DeFelice
    • Narrated By John Pruden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13528)
    Performance
    (11629)
    Story
    (11626)

    From 1999 to 2009, U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle recorded the most career sniper kills in United States military history. The Pentagon has officially confirmed more than 150 of Kyles kills (the previous American record was 109), but it has declined to verify the astonishing total number for this book. Iraqi insurgents feared Kyle so much they named him al-Shaitan ("the devil") and placed a bounty on his head.

    Allen T. says: "Amazing"
    "Warrior Ethos"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Lots of action. Definitely written from the warrior perspective. Interesting face paced read. Would recommend as an interesting quick read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Karl Marlantes
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4769)
    Performance
    (2883)
    Story
    (2884)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: A performance so poignant, we gave Bronson Pinchot (yes, Balki from Perfect Strangers) our inaugural Narrator of the Year award.... In the monsoon season of 1968-69 at a fire support base called Matterhorn, located in the remote mountains of Vietnam, a young and ambitious Marine lieutenant wants to command a company to further his civilian political ambitions. But two people stand in his way.

    Zachary says: "Matterhorn"
    "Excellent story based on real life believeable eve"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of Matterhorn to be better than the print version?

    Not sure I didn't read the book, but the narrator was great and I could visualize being "In the Bush"


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Matterhorn?

    The fire fights were so real and the idea that they did this despite being scared because of the code of honor of the4 Marines


    Which character – as performed by Bronson Pinchot – was your favorite?

    Jay Hawk


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There were so many


    Any additional comments?

    Great Book... Read it ...you will not be disappointed

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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